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First Degree Board, by J. Bowring [1891] (Public Domain Image)
First Degree Board, by J. Bowring [1891] (Public Domain Image)

The Meaning of Masonry

by W.L. Wilmshurst


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This is a set of essays which discuss the esoteric side of Masonry. The author, Walter Leslie Wilmshurst, (b. 1867, d. 1939) attempts to demonstrate that Masonry has a deeper meaning, specifically the striving for human perfection, and is firmly in the mainstream of traditional mystery teachings.

Title Page
Chapter I. The Deeper Symbolism of Freemasonry
Chapter II. Masonry as a Philosophy
Chapter III. Further Notes on Craft Symbolism
Chapter IV. The Holy Royal Arch of Jerusalem
Chapter V. Freemasonry in Relation to the Ancient Mysteries